By: Brian Eason, Clarion Ledger
Spring is in the air, and a whole crop of new faces is running for local elected office. More than a dozen candidates have filed qualifying papers to run for mayor of Jackson, including incumbent Harvey Johnson Jr., and dozens more are running for seats on the City Council.
Johnson’s competitors may have a challenge separating themselves from a crowded field, but four have emerged so far as serious contenders: Councilmen, Frank Bluntson and Chokwe Lumumba; businessman Jonathan Lee; and lawyer, Regina Quinn, who will attempt to become the city’s first female mayor. The other mayoral candidates’ names are not well known in city politics.
A few other metro mayors will face competition as well in both the May 7 party primaries and June 4 general election. The deadline to collect the 50 signatures needed to qualify was Friday.